MAY 15, 2017

Spiritual M.D.

     Life can be long, and it can be enjoyable from beginning to end. That is the message of Deepak Chopra.

     “You have to change your perception of what aging is — to  change your perception of biological age itself,” declares Dr. Chopra, an Indian physician who has lived in this country for decades and who has authored more than two dozen books on such topics as health, aging, and spirituality.

     “Start to look at [aging] as a field of consciousness,” he urged in an interview with the St. Louis Times. “You have to change your perception of how time is experienced. Today, through nutrition, through nutritional supplements, through mind-body coordination techniques, through exercise, by getting rid of toxins from our bodies, and by enjoying the experience of love and having a youthful and flexible mind, we can really reverse the biological age very dramatically. We don’t have to get sick. We can have a peaceful and healthy and nurturing life where we combine the wisdom of experience with the biology of youth. That is the future.”

     After all, our very concept of what is “old” has changed greatly over the centuries, he explains. “Of course, you should accept that it’s natural to age. On the other hand, you should not accept the old ideas about aging. The average age of a human being in the Roman Empire was 28 years. The average age of a human being in the 19th Century was 49 years. Today, the fastest-growing segment of the American population is over the age of 90 and getting close to a hundred. And we know that biological age can be measured by such things as blood pressure, bone density, body temperature regulation, the fat content, aerobic capacity, muscle mass and strength of muscle, sugar tolerance, and sex hormones — all these bio-markers of aging are actually reversible.”

     The possibility that humans can alter the aging process is a subject which Dr. Chopra has dealt with often, notably in his book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, in which he declares: “When your attention is in the past or the future, you are in the field of time, creating aging…. When a life is concentrated in the present, it is most real, because the past and future are not impinging upon it. At this instant, where are the past and future? Nowhere. Only the present moment exists; past and future are mental projections. If you can free yourself of these projections, trying neither to relive the past nor to control the future, a space is opened for a completely new experience — the experience of ageless body and timeless mind.”

     He discussed this in his book, Grow Younger, Live Longer. In it, he further deals with the subjective nature of time perception and presents a ten-step program to reverse the aging process.

     “The human body and its biological functions respond to the experience of time,” he writes in Grow Younger, Live Longer. “Your biological clock beats to your personal experience of time. To paraphrase Einstein, when asked to explain the theory of relativity in a way that was meaningful to everyday experience, he said, ‘If I burn myself on a hot stove, that fraction of a second seems like eternity. But if I’m with a beautiful woman, even eternity seems like one second. It’s gone in a moment. It’s never enough.’”

     “The experience of time is subjective. If you are always in a hurry, your biological clock speeds up. If you feel you have all the time in the world, your biological clock slows down. During meditation, when you enter into the gap between thoughts, time stops. That also happens when you’re playing a game you enjoy, when you are listening to great music, when you experience the beauty in nature, and when you fall in love. Time is a subjective experience in consciousness and that subjective experience translates into a biological response in your body.”

     And, to a certain extent, we can control the rhythm of our own individual biological clocks, he assures us. “People who regularly experience restful awareness develop less hypertension, heart disease, anxiety, and depression. They find it easier to give up life-damaging habits such as cigarettes, excessive alcohol, and drugs. They also show improvements in their immune function and reduced susceptibility to infections. Research on people who meditate demonstrates wide-ranging health improvements and a reversal in many of the biomarkers of aging.”

     Dr. Chopra strongly believes in the usefulness of meditation, not only as a means to relaxation but as a tool to help our bodies throw off their old biological conditioning to the passage of time. “There is good evidence that you can reverse your biological age by taking time to quiet your mind and experience the restful response.”

     “Studies have shown that the longer people have been practicing meditation, the younger they score on tests of biological age. For example, long-term meditators show biological ages almost twelve years younger than their chronological ages,” he continues.

     Scientists have observed what seems to be a barrier to human lifespan at around 12 decades. Even the healthiest centenarian can only hope to live another 15 or 20 years, at present. However, Dr. Chopra sees this as only a temporary state of things. “The current scientific evidence points to the barrier at being 120 [years], and, yes, [that barrier] will be crossed. But you couldn’t have said that a hundred years ago. As we progress in our understanding of what happens in human biology, that barrier will certainly be crossed, and we will also have to change our collective belief system of what aging is.” Our perceptions in this area are “all subject to revision,” he says. “It’s just part of our natural evolution.”

     For people who want to live a long time, he offers this analogy: “It’s always good if you want to go a hundred miles to plan to go two hundred; if you want to go two hundred, plan to go five hundred. Your stretch should always be greater than your reach.” Consequently, if you would like to live to a 150, maybe you should aim for 250 or 300.

     Perhaps it’s quite logical that Deepak Chopra should be leading the challenge to our perceptions of the aging process, considering when he was born — 1946. Speaking in third person of his own generational age group, Dr. Chopra declares: “The Baby Boomers are a wonderful generation. They always question the status quo. They’ve questioned war; they’ve questioned male dominance and started the feminist movement; they created the ecology movement. And now that they’re getting to be middle-aged, they don’t accept that, either. It’s wonderful.”

     Besides meditation and relaxation, one of the most important things that we can do to lengthen our lives is choosing healthy food, he proclaims.

     “Nurturing your body through healthy foods is the third step to reverse the aging process…. We do know, based on reliable research, that if you eat an abundance of fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, while reducing your intake of animal fat, you will increase your chances of living healthier and longer. The key to a diet that will reverse the aging process is to eat foods that are both very healthy and very delicious.”

     “Your body is a field of energy, transformation, and intelligence made out of the food you eat. A sugar molecule in the apple you ate at lunch yesterday may be a part of your stomach lining today. An amino acid from the side order of cottage cheese you ate may now be a fiber in your bicep muscle. An iron molecule from your spinach salad may already be part of the hemoglobin in one of your red blood cells. You become what you eat.”

     In his book, Perfect Health, “I talk about the different body types and how you can individualize diet and exercise and lifestyle to suit the individual body types,” he says. “There are three basic body types: the hyperactive, the hypo-metabolic, and the fiery types. By understanding how a person reacts to situations, circumstances, people, and events, you can actually tailor lifestyle, meditation, mind-body techniques, exercise, and diet to create perfect balance in the body so you have the experience of perfect health.”

     Much of what Dr. Chopra endorses and encourages has come to be known as holistic medicine. But is it the future of the medical profession? “I think so,” he says. “We’re not physical machines who have learned to think. We are a context, and the context includes the environment, the physical body, the mind, the intellect, the ego, the soul, and the spirit, and holistic medicine says [that we should] include all of that. Health is wholeness; wholeness is holy.”

     Though Deepak Chopra is a physician widely known for his writings on health and aging, some of his books have dealt with spirituality, like How to Know God. However, he sees his writings in this area as a natural outgrowth of his work in medicine.

     “I’m a medical doctor and internist, and I’ve witnessed a lot of people who’ve had unusual recoveries — what is called spontaneous remission or miracle cures, and I have seen the importance of spiritual experience in the whole phenomenon of healing,” he explains. “I’ve realized that the words ‘help,’ ‘healing,’ and ‘holy’ all have the same origin, and health is the return of the memory of wholeness. So I became interested after I saw research into the effects of prayer and meditation and also found in physics that there’s an explanation for the fact that, at a deep level, our souls are inseparably connected to a field of intelligence that is universal.”

     The scientific principles involved deal with what are typically religious questions, he says. “I believe that, first of all, spirituality is a domain of awareness that we all have access to. I also believe that science now definitely is taking us close to the experience of spirit. The new science, which we call quantum science, looks at the invisible world of information and energy that orchestrates the universe and then even looks beyond the world of information and energy into the level of creative intelligence that orchestrates the activity of the universe. So I think through the window of science, for the first time, we are now going to create a sound basis for the fact that there is such a thing as universal intelligence and that we are an expression of it, and so is the universe.”

     Though he was born and grew up in New Delhi, India, where an Eastern philosophy prevails, his thoughts of a religious nature have had a wide acceptance in the West. How to Know God has been praised by many Christian ministers and priests, by Jewish rabbis, and by Islamic leaders. “I think God is too big to be squeezed into the volume of a body or the span of a lifetime or the idea of any one religion,” he declares.

     Dr. Chopra came to the United States in 1970. He is a former chief of staff at the Boston Regional Medical Center, taught at Tufts University and Boston University Schools of Medicine, and built a successful endocrinology practice. In 1992, he served on the National Institutes of Health Ad Hoc Panel on Alternative Medicine. Then, in 1995, he created the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California, and he serves as its educational director. The Center provides individual and group programs in mind/body medicine and personal development, integrating traditional Western medical techniques and natural healing traditions. His many books have piqued widespread international interest, and he is one of the most-sought-after speakers in this country.

     Overall, for Deepak Chopra, life is a marvelous adventure which he advocates living to the fullest extent possible, offering this simple piece of advice: “The only real part of your journey is where you are now. Do it with gusto and passion and love.”

 Reprinted from St. Louis Times - Written by Neal Proud Deer




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Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Mary Queen and Mother Center
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire an Assistant Director of Nursing for its Mary Queen and Mother Center skilled nursing facility. Must have a current Missouri registered nursing license, or current Missouri licensed practical nursing license (under the direct supervision of registered nurse). At least five (5) year’s experience in long term care nursing. Knowledge of regulations pertaining to long term care and medical records. Excellent benefits and competitive salary. E-mail resume to Complete application on the web Mail resume to 7601 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119. Fax 314-961-1934.

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254,



A Mothers Touch in Home Health
We are looking for new clients and hiring caregivers! Services We Provide, Personal Care, Advanced Personal Care, Homemaker Chores, Nurse Visits, Respite Care, Companion Services. We are licensed in the state of Missouri for the following: Consumer Directed Services, In-Home Health Services, Private Pay Services. Call us today for more information.

Barbara Jackson,, A Mother's Touch In-Home Health Care, LLC, 314-733-5100,



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Mary Queen and Mother Center
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire a Director of Nursing for its Mary Queen & Mother Center skilled nursing facility. Responsible for coordinating, directing, staffing, controlling, and evaluating a 24 hour program of Nursing Service to meet the needs of the residents. Directs all Nursing activities to ensure quality care for all residents. Must be a graduate of a professional nursing program with a current Missouri state license. Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations governing extended care facilities including knowledge of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process and Medicare regulations including Prospective Payment System (PPS). Minimum five (5) years nursing experience in long term care. Competitive salary and good benefits. E-mail resume to  Complete a job application on our web Mail resume to 7601 Watson, Rd, St. Louis, MO 63119. 

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254,



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Mary Queen and Mother Center
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire a Full-time Nurse Manager for the Mary Queen & Mother Center skilled nursing facility. Assists the Director of Nursing in coordinating, directing, staffing, and evaluating the 24 hour operation of Nursing Services in order to meet the nursing needs of the residents. Current Missouri registered nursing license, or current Missouri licensed practical nursing license (under the direct supervision of registered nurse), At least five (5) years experience in long term care nursing. Knowledge of regulations pertaining to long term care and medical records. Competitive wages, great benefits.  E-mail resume to or mail to 7601 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO; complete application on web  Fax 314-961-1934 

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254,



Jewish Federation
Jewish Federation of St. Louis seeks a creative, highly motivated St. Louis NORC Manager who will be responsible for the administration of the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Supportive Service Program. This includes policy decisions, fundraising, public relations and marketing, business and community partnership development and maintenance, compliance with any grant requirements with the associated proper reporting and presentations to legislators, municipal leaders, service providers, donors, and civic groups. Visit

Karen Berry Elbert,, St. Louis NORC, 314-432-0020,



Nurses and More

We are looking to hire professional registered nurses who would not mind working on-call for a couple of days throughout the week for a school nurse position. The ideal candidate would either be semi-retired or just looking to supplement his or her income by working as a school nurse. The skills needed for the position are the following: a love of working with children, adolescents, and preschoolers, great assessment skills, flexible schedule that would allow for the nurse to be on-call from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. each morning and if the nurse is called in, the nurse would be assigned to work at a school at the time of the call, otherwise, the nurse would only receive the on-call pay of 3 dollars an hour.  It would also be helpful to live in the St. Charles area but certainly not a necessity or requirement.

Shari Hoggard,, Nurses and More, LLC, 636-206-4406,



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is looking to hire a part-time LPN for evening shift to work at Mother of Perpetual Help Assisted Living facility. Oversees the provision of quality care given by the CMTs, ML1s and CNAs. Possess good assessment skills and be able to recognize any symptoms that indicate a significant change in a resident’s condition. Effective communication with physicians and family members regarding the health and welfare of all residents. Must be a licensed nurse in good standing. At least two years previous work experience in Long Term Care. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Complete an application on our website at, or send resume to or come to 7601 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119 to complete an application in person. 

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254,



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is looking to hire full and part-time RNs, LPNs, CMTs, CNAs, and Med Level 1 Aides to work in its Skilled Nursing facility and Assisted Living facility. We offer competitive wages and an excellent benefits package. Complete an application on our website at, or send resume to or come to 7601 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119 to complete an application in person. 

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254,



May 12 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Carondelet Park Recreation Complex YMCA
Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts Film screening & discussion Carondelet Park Rec Complex YMCA 930 Holly Hills Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111. Join the Alzheimer’s Association for an overview of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We will view clips from the PBS documentary special “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts” and engage in a panel discussion with an Alzheimer’s expert and family caregiver. Friday, May 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments provided.  Registration requested by calling 800-272-3900.

Elyse Murrell,, 314-801-0437,



Mondays, May 15 to August 28 – 9:00 a.m.

Monarch Levee Trail
Each Monday between May 15 and August 28 at 9:00 a.m. join us for a leisurely bike ride on the Monarch Levee Trail. Immerse yourself in a leisurely bike ride on the paved Monarch Levee Trail. The route starts at the trailhead in the athletic complex located near the football fields. Distance will be determined by the group on the day of the event. Helmet required. Flat repair kit, water and snacks recommended. This is event is free.

Mary Klauke,, City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9510,


May 17

Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds

The 19th Annual Central Illinois Senior Celebration will be held May 17th 2017 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, Il. Free admission with a can of food for the Central Illinois Food Pantry. Free health screenings, informational displays on retirement planning, home safety and modification, in-home services, travel, volunteer opportunities and alternative housing. Refreshments, entertainment and door prizes.

Purnell Borders,, Illinois Department On Aging, (217) 524-6911



May 18 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame Club and Museum at Cardinals Nation Restaurant

Memory Care Home Solutions is preparing for its 6th annual “Swing into Spring” event Thursday, May 18th. This year MCHS is excited to see how their venue change is received. The MCHS advancement team has decided to shake things up by hosting this year’s event at the Hall of Fame Club and Museum at Cardinals Nation Restaurant. Even though MCHS is staying faithful to the Cardinals this will be a big scenery change for the non-profit. “After five years the event has grown a great deal. I think this subtle change will continue the growth of this event,” said Erin Kelly MCHS Director of Advancement. The event will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $35 until April 21, and $45 after April 22. Tickets for guests under 21 are $25. Tickets can be purchased via phone at 314-645-6247, via web at under the “News and Events” tab, or at the door. All proceeds go to program operations. 

Nick Clark,, Memory Care Home Solutions, 314-645-6247,


May 19 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Gateway Classic Cars
Healthy Living Expo, May 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive, O'Fallon, Illinois. Over 100 exhibitors. There will be health screenings, free continental breakfast, entertainment, games, free lunch and hundreds of classic cars. Come join us.

Chris Fulton,, AgeSmart Community Resources, 618- 222-2561,


May 19 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

University City Public Library
Join Senior Industry Experts on May 19th for a real conversation, questions and real life answers on how to manage your home, career, life, and family while caring for someone with Dementia. We will offer free advice, tips, tools, and must have information on what to do and how to do it so you and your loved ones can manage the disease. Questions on challenging behavior, care tips, financial assistance, legal assistance, and more are encouraged. Join us on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar Boulevard, University City, MO 63130.

Angela Haas,, 314-277-0851,


May 23 and 30 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex
Pickleball Clinics are to be held on Tuesdays, May 23 and 30. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex. Free and no registration. Meet at the permanent Pickleball Courts in the parking lot by the D-E-F East Parking Lot. 17891 North Outer 40, Chesterfield, MO 63005.

Mary Klauke,, City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9510,


May 24 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Riverchase of Fenton
Come celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day at RiverChase. The common goal for this day is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. This fair will connect you with non-profit organizations, agencies and businesses with the info, services, opportunities and products that seniors want/need. This event is free and open to the public. Seniors 50+ Highlights: Complimentary breakfast items while supplies last. Basket raffle and free giveaways.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,


May 25 to 30
Calling all athletes and volunteers. Senior Olympics is signing up sportsmen and women, at least 50 or more. The St. Louis Senior Olympics, the regional competition for athletes aged 50 and older, is actively seeking applications for athletes to participate in more than 90 individual and team events over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 to 30, 2017. From basketball to bocce; soccer, softball and shuffleboard; to tap dancing, tennis and track, the Senior Olympics engage more than 1,100 athletes and hundreds of volunteers at more than a dozen different venues across the St. Louis area. The events are open to everyone. Athletes must be at least 50 years old, but there is no maximum age. We have volunteer opportunities for all ages. We have recognition, camaraderie and enduring friendships, all built around the spirit of this great event. Registration packets will be available March 15th and the registration deadline is May 8th. You can take advantage of the “Early Bird Special” if you register by April 17th. The packets include registration for athletes and volunteers. If you have any questions please contact Justin Bange at or 314-442-3216. We look forward to seeing you at the St. Louis Senior Olympics.

Justin Bange,, Jewish Center of St. Louis, 314-442-3216,



May 26

The Muny at Forest Park
37th Annual Bringing It Together: Age Out Loud HealthFest on May 26 at the Muny in Forest Park. This year’s theme, Age Out Loud, is intended to give aging a new voice; one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say about aging and recognizes their contributions to family and the community. Senior Center groups from area facilities will participate. City and state agencies will have representatives to offer helpful information. The City Health Dept will have information on STD and HIV screens. Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, Chief Jenkerson of St. Louis Fire Dept, State Sen. Jamiliah Nasheed, other elected officials and dignitaries will be there. Come hear the latest updates from local and statewide officials. View exhibits from Affordable Housing Task Force, SLAAA, SSM Health, United Healthcare and other institutions, such as Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, National Blues Museum, Alzheimer’s Association and many more. Tours, totes and t-shirts will be given away to the seniors and several awards will be presented. Entertainment offered by Marty Abdullah and Uvee Hayes, The St. Louis Gateway Jazz Quartet as well as a Tai Chi demonstration by Sifu Parran, line dancing from the Monsanto YMCA Jazzy Juniors and Ms. Elli’s Line Dancers.

Ollie Stewart,, Southside Senior Citizens Center, 314-664-5024


June 11

Chesterfield Amphitheater
The Tour de Wellness is a recreational cycling event that takes place in west St. Louis County to celebrate healthy living and raise awareness on the increased risks of a sedentary lifestyle. Riders of all levels are welcome to enjoy beginner, intermediate and advanced routes. Proceeds from the event support wellness screenings and educational health programs that touch the lives of more than 40,000 St. Louis community members a year. Event participants enjoy lunch, music and admission to the wellness expo which includes screening and health information from St. Luke’s Hospital healthcare professionals. All Cyclists are welcome. St. Luke's Tour de Wellness is an event for all ages and levels of cyclists, from the novice rider to the advanced tri-athlete. The ride is intended to unite cyclists by collectively spending a Sunday morning exercising and raising money for health and wellness initiatives. Tour de Worth It, ride benefits:  rest-stops along the course are stocked with drinks and snacks, post-ride celebration food, music, and interactive booths, complimentary health and wellness screenings, support and gear assistance throughout the course, official Tour de Wellness T-shirt and event bag, complimentary lunch and post-ride massage.  Join us on Sunday, June 11 at Chesterfield Amphitheater.

Lisa Eckert,, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-576-2377,



August 19 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fabick Nature Preserve
Fenton Trail Mix Challenge: Saturday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come tackle this 2 mile course at Fabick Nature Preserve, sponsored by Commerce Bank. This course may sound easy at first, but with the steep hilly terrain, wooded trails, and of course the obstacles set up along the way, this run will "Challenge" even the best of runners. Top 3 male and female finishers will be announced. Ages 12 and older will be allowed to participate.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,


Mondays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hylton Point
You are invited to participate in a weekly free wellness screening. Screenings for individuals over 55 include: blood pressure readings, weight check, blood sugar readings, as well as prayer and spiritual support by a Lutheran Senior Services Parish Nurse. Every reading is taken by a Wellness Kiosk with print outs available to take to your doctor. Don't miss this free resource today. Hylton Point Apartments, 933 Belt Ave, St. Louis, Mo 63112. Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call Savanna to make an appointment 314-367-7697.

Savanna Little,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-367-7697,


Tuesdays - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

LSS Rose Hill House
Take control of your health and take control of your life. Wellness Kiosks are specialized computers operated by our Parish Nurses. The kiosks measure blood pressure, weight and blood glucose levels. With our LSS Registered Parish Nurse on hand in the kiosk, you can stay on track with your health. This free service is now being offered at LSS Rose Hill House, Affordable Housing for seniors, every Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at 225 West Rose Hill Avenue in the beautiful heart of Kirkwood, MO. Call 314-822-4928 for your appointment today.

Vanessa Fakes,, LSS Rose Hill House I & II, 314-822-4928,



Wednesdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Village at Mackenzie Place
Free Health Screening with a Parish Nurse. Insurance information not needed. Measure your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, and pulse. This free service is offered at Lutheran Senior Services at The Village at Mackenzie Place, 8520 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123. Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 314-884-7909.

Melita Hodzic,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7909



Thursdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hilltop Manor
Hilltop Manor, a Lutheran Senior Services senior community is offering free wellness screenings with a Parish Nurse. Screenings include blood pressure readings, blood sugar screenings, and pulse and weight checks for all seniors 55+. A Parish Nurse is also available for prayer, spiritual support and resources. Many who are already taking advantage of this program are aware of the positive benefits it brings to their health. Please pass this on to any family or church members, friends or home health aides that may be interested. Call Michelle Herrick, Service Coordinator, for your appointment. Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 636-938-6442, 11 Hilltop Village Center Drive Eureka, MO 63025.

Michelle Herrick,, Lutheran Senior Services, 636-938-6442,


First Thursday of the Month

Health Resource Center
Saint Louis University’s Health Resource Center and the Geriatric Education Center (GEC) are offering a free comprehensive geriatric assessment clinic for people 65 years of age or older, on the first Thursday of every month at the Health Resource Center located at 1408 N. Kingshighway Blvd #213, St. Louis, MO, 63113. A comprehensive assessment is more extensive than a screening appointment. The appointment is approximately two hours in length and includes assessments by medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nutrition and social work professionals. To schedule an appointment please contact the SLU Geriatrics Division Office at 314-977-8462. 

Kathy Leonard,, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, 314-977-8848,


Healthline In-Home and CDS
Do you are someone you know have Medicaid that would like to remain in the comfort of their home but need help with daily living activities? If you answered yes, then contact us now for a free consultation Healthline In-Home and CDS, 636-386-8323. This is an alternative to going to a nursing home and allows for you to stay in your home where your heart and love is.

Lacey Moore,, Healthline In-home and CDS, 636-386-8323


Memorial Day is a great reminder to check on VA Survivor Benefits.  This is the perfect time to alert elderly, surviving spouses of wartime veterans that they may be entitled to a Survivors Pension with an added amount for Aid and Attendance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The money can be used for an in-home care, incontinence supplies, medical alert devices and more. To qualify, the surviving spouse will need to meet the following criteria; veteran must have served at least 90 days on active duty, at least one day during wartime, Persian Gulf War veterans must have two years of active duty, with an honorable discharge.  A doctor must confirm a need for assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, transportation, and meal preparation. A limited income and assets in relation to medical expenses is also required. (A home and car are exempt.) Veterans Home Care has more than 14 years of experience successfully helping veteran families apply for and receive the pension. To learn more, call toll free 888-314-6075. Home care agencies who wish to partner with Veterans Home Care and deliver quality care to veterans and their surviving spouses, may also call to join our nationwide network.

Janet Jennewein,, Veterans Home Care, (313) 514-2444,


While practicing general dentistry for many years, Dr. Michael Travis of Pine Lawn Dental has noticed an unfortunate trend with his clientele. Many people struggle to find transportation to and from the office, and instead choose to only call for an appointment when they have an emergency dental need. Treating these emergency situations is very costly, and could easily be avoided with annual preventative care. Recognizing a great need for this care, We Care Mobile Dental was created by Dr. Travis and is currently serving over 40 independent, assisted and skilled living facilities. We accept most major dental insurances as well as Medicaid. Please contact us at 314-246-8090 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website at and let us bring our services and teledentistry technology to your facility to provide prevention education and preventative procedures to you or your loved ones. 

Meghan Travis,, We Care Mobile Dental, 314-276-8090,



May 16 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cape Albeon
You're Invited To Learn About Veteran's Benefits for Veterans and Their Spouses Free Workshop.  Join us at Cape Albeon Lakeside Retirement Living Chapel of the Independent Living Building, 3300 Lake Bend Drive, St. Louis, MO 63088 on Tuesday May 16th, 2017 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To reserve your seat call 636-395-0877.  Hosted by Cape Albeon, Elder Care Advisors & Quinn Estate & Elder Law.

Deirdre Cechin,, ElderCareAdvisors, 636-395-0877,



May 24 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Central Public Library

Feeling hammered by out-of-control drug prices? If your doctor prescribed a drug on which your life depended, how much would you pay? Big Pharma: Market Failure is a new documentary that looks at the facts and makes an effective business case for realizable change. It is a compelling drama that reveals the truth of pharma cost and what we can do about it. St. Louis area premier on Wednesday May 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Central Public Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis MO 63101. Register free on-line at the events page of the library's website, or directly at

Ed Weisbart MD,, Physicians for a National Health Program, 314-265-3412,


June 5 and 6

St. Louis University School of Medicine
The Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and the Gateway Geriatric Education Center are pleased to present the 28th Annual Saint Louis University Summer Geriatric Institute: Teamwork-Caring for the Person, Family, and Professional on June 5-6, 2017. This year’s event will focus on the team approach to caring for the person including their family, caregivers, and the professionals who provide the care. Details & Registration available at 

Kathy Leonard,, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, 314-977-8848, 



June 8 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
Trying to navigate long-term care for you or your loved one? VOYCE will host the 6th annual Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference on June 8.  This educational conference brings together professional long-term caregivers and individuals from the community to learn dynamic strategies, innovative tools and available options. Join us on June 8, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63134. Post-conference intensive is on June 9, 2017 at Friendship Village Sunset Hills, 12563 Village Circle Drive, St. Louis, MO 63127. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch both days. Cost for general public is $25, Long Term Care Professionals $65 to $125 for day one and $115 for day two. Administrators and social workers have an opportunity to earn 7.25 CEUs in one day or 14.75 over two days. Visit: Becky White,, VOYCE, 314-919-2406, 

Becky White,, VOYCE, 314-919-2406,



June 9 and June 10

St. Louis Bridge Center
Phillip Alder, renowned educator, former NY Times columnist, and current monthly contributor to the ACBL Bridge Bulletin, will teach three bridge classes: Friday, June 9, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Competitive Bidding; Saturday, June 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Second- and Third-Hand Play; and Saturday, June 10, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Declarer/Defender: Placing the Missing Cards. This seminar is appropriate for every bridge player, at every level of play. Price is $59- $60 per session, with discounts for early enrollment and multiple sessions, if enrolled by May 15. More information, including detailed pricing, is available at

Sharon Sweet,, St. Louis Bridge Center, 314-569-1430,



June 23 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

CenterPointe Hospital Gym
CenterPointe Hospital Behavioral Health Breakfast Lecture: Art Therapy in a Domestic Violence Setting. Presenters: Rosemary Pratt, ATR and Ebony Williams, ATR. Join us Friday, June 23, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at CenterPointe Hospital Gym, 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63304. RSVP:  No cost for this session

Sheila Hunt,, CenterPointe Hospital, 636-335-6150,



Home Instead Senior Care
Home Instead Senior Care offers free online CEU's at  Below is the list of approved Boards. If your state or national board is not listed, please verify with your board or association regarding acceptance of one of the providers listed below before applying for CEUs. • American Occupation Therapy Association (please note: AoTA does not offer CEUs for every webinar. Please check the individual webpage of each event to confirm that AoTA CEUs will be offered for a particular webinar). • Association of Social Work Boards • California Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors • California Board of Registered Nursing • California Board of Behavioral Sciences • National Academy of Certified Care Managers • National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards • National Board of Certified Counselors • National Commission for Health Education • Society of Certified Senior Advisors 

Laura McCoy,, Home Instead Senior Care, 636-477-6025,



May 7 to 12

Trout Lodge
Hiking, Canoeing & An Amazing Underground Adventure May 7th - May 12th. Trout Lodge is an outdoor enthusiast's' paradise! Experience the nature and history of the area on hikes, by canoe or on horseback. Try your hand at archery and riflery, visit the Mud Cave, enjoy a local winery, take a pontoon ride on an underground lake at the Bonne Terre Mine and many more activities! See our events calendar for registration information.

Ashley Lanier,, YMCA Trout Lodge, (573) 438-2154,



May 11 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Concordia Turner Hall
The St. Louis Banjo Club will provide a free evening of lively music played on "America's fun instrument- the four-string banjo". On May 11, 2017, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Concordia Turner Hall.  Sing along and listen to 15 banjo players playing the songs you know. Concordia Turner is located at 6432 Gravois, St. Louis, MO 63116. For more information, call 314-842-3185 or visit our website: Table seating and full cash bar with snacks. Did we mention it was free? Don Dempsey, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-3185, 

Don Dempsey,, 314-842-0188,



May 12 - 10:30 to 12:00 p.m.

581 Winter Bluff Drive
ARTspiration for Women Gathering May 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Women gather to use art for fun and expression. Marvelous Mandala painting will be our project. No art experience necessary. We will meet in my home studio at 581 Winter Bluff Dr., Fenton, MO. Maximum 10 ladies. ALL art supplies provided. $10 love token. Call or text to attend 314-578-1385. 

Janet Gray,, 314-578-1385,



May 14 to 19

Trout Lodge

Looking on the Bright Side: Joy, Peace & Lots of Laughter May 14th - May 19th. Laugh out loud as you learn to find humor in everyday life while playing some of the games you loved as a kid. Have a wonderful fun time while learning about music, singing and gaining insight on the Ozarks humor and heritage. Explore Trout Lodge while hiking and riding a pontoon boat as you celebrate life and immerse yourself in the healing power of laughter. See the events calendar on our website for registration details.

Ashley Lanier,, YMCA Trout Lodge, (573) 438-2154,



May 18, June 22 and July 20

6:30 p.m. at Chesterfield Amphitheater
Don’t miss our wonderful Orchestra Music Series this summer! All performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free of charge. Fixed seats are available, but feel free to bring a blanket or a chair for lawn seating. Concessions will be available all night long. We are also a tobacco-free facility. No glass is allowed.   Performing May 18th is the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, based in Chesterfield, and comprised of 75 professional and amateur musicians devoted to their music. For more details, visit Performing June 22nd is the Gateway City Big Band, a non-profit performing organization that brings quality symphonic and chamber music to the St. Louis community. For more details, visit  Performing July 20th is Washington University's Orchestra which includes 75 musicians performing repertoire from the Baroque to modern period. For more details, visit

Lisa Bobrzynski,, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727,



May 25 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Concordia Turner Hall
The St. Louis Banjo Club will provide a free evening of lively music played on "America's fun instrument- the four-string banjo". On May 25, 2017, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Concordia Turner Hall.  Sing along and listen to 15 banjo players playing the songs you know. Concordia Turner is located at 6432 Gravois, St. Louis, MO 63116. For more information, call 314-842-3185 or visit our website: Table seating and full cash bar with snacks. Did we mention it was free? Don Dempsey, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-3185, 

Don Dempsey,, 314-842-0188,



May 26 to 29 – 11:00 a.m.

January-Wabash Memorial Park
The St Louis Ribfest is proud to be in January-Wabash Memorial Park at 501 N Florissant Road in Ferguson, Friday May 26th 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Monday, Memorial Day, May 29th 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Great BBQ and other foods, huge kids play area, lots of vendors to visit and live music. Admission is free. Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Governor Greitens will be at the festival along with other Memorial Day weekend guests.  There are shuttles to the festival.

Michael Calvin,, MJC Events & Marketing, LLC, 314-625-3998



May 29 – 10:00 a.m.

Fenton City Park
Come join us on Monday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the Heroes Memorial in Fenton City Park, as we honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe. Lawn chairs are recommended.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



June 2 – 2:00 to 11:00 p.m. and June 3 - 2:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Kiener Plaza
The First Sip of Summer, St. Louis Uncorked returns June 2nd and 3rd as the city’s premier entertainment event, featuring NEEDTOBREATHE, Gavin DeGraw and more. The two-day festival will be the first major event held at the newly renovated Kiener Plaza and surrounding streets, located west of the Old Courthouse downtown. CBS RADIO St. Louis produces and hosts the festival in partnership with City Arch River Foundation, Hilton at the Ballpark, 360 at the Hilton at the Ballpark and the City of St. Louis with additional support from the Downtown Neighborhood and Business Associations. St. Louis Uncorked is free to attend and will be open Friday, June 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 3 from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m. The festival will feature multiple national and local music artists on the Bud Light Main Stage, beer, dozens of wine brands, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jameson products, food for purchase, local vendors and other festival experiences.

Mike LaMartina,, CBS Radio - St. Louis, 314-444-1816,


June 3 – 8:00 a.m.

Westside Park
June 3 at 8:00 a.m. Grab your fishing poles and join us at Westside Park (1220 Woodridge Trails Dr.) for a fun morning of fishing! Activities will include a casting contest, prizes, and goodie bags. Check in will be at 7:30 a.m. and the Derby will start promptly at 8:00 a.m., signaled by a siren. You must register your child by May 31. * Ages 3-12 may participate. Co-sponsored by the St. Louis County Police Department - Fenton Precinct. Fee: $9 - Residents and Members $11 - Non-Members.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



June 3 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fenton City Park
Come enjoy live music at Fenton City Park located at 1215 Larkin Williams Rd. Sponsored by Commerce Bank, Ryan Fico State Farm, Olde Towne Fenton Veterinary Hospital, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, and Ideal Pediatrics. Come early to enjoy pre-show activities. Encore band is a popular band in the St. Louis area and is known for high quality sound and vocals, cutting edge music technology, amazing musicians, and their variety of songs. Admission is free for everyone, so pack up your lawn chairs or blankets and head to the park. Food trucks and the concession stand will be open. No glass bottles allowed. Free admission.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



June 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Ozark Theater, Webster Groves

Join the Glenn Miller Orchestra on June 6th at 7:30 p.m. in a special concert to salute the heroes of D-Day, June 6, 1944. Spend an evening with the most popular and sought after big band in the world today. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Enjoy vocals by Nick Hilscher, Maria Schafer, and The Moonlight Serenaders. Hear all the great classics: Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, A String of Pearls, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Pennsylvania 6-5000, In The Mood, At Last and many more. Ticket Price: $45.00, tickets can be purchased at 314-962-7000.  To learn more about the orchestra visit:

Maureen DeStefano,, Glenn Miller Orchestra, (321) 283-4396,


June 24 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Riverchase of Fenton
Head to RiverChase to kick off the 2017 pool season. On June 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. the first 250 Riverchase members will help us celebrate the beginning of summer and will receive a special giveaway. While you swim the day away also enjoy games, activities, concessions and live music by DJ Divine. Fun for the entire family presented by Ideal Pediatrics and Ryan Fico State Farm. Free for members. Regular admission fees apply for non-members.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



June 28, July 26 and August 16 - 6:00 p.m.

Riverchase of Fenton
Preschoolers, ages 3 to 5 years, join us once a month this summer at 6:00 p.m. for a fun and exciting night that includes exploring, crafting, story time and a snack. Our nature and wildlife expert, Jill Wider, will introduce you to the wonderful, wild side of nature! Each month will focus on a different theme ranging anywhere from pollinators, to "what is wild vs. pet?" to birds, frogs, and "becoming a nature detective." Fee: $10 per child (Parents are free) Additional dates: June 28, July 26, and August 16.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



June 29 to July 1

Join St. Louis Public Radio for the finest offerings of the bustling St. Louis theatre scene at the Grand Center Theatre Crawl. Rotate through venues in Grand Center to get free access to 22 local theatre groups in short performances. Your starting venue will be emailed to you on Thursday, June 29. After the first performance you may travel freely through Grand Center to the other venues. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30 and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st. Registration will close on Wednesday, June 28 at 12:00 p.m. For more info, find Grand Center Theatre Crawl 2017 (@GCTC17) on Facebook, or #GrandCenterTheatreCrawl on Twitter. A Part of the Kitchen Sink Series Sponsored by Mosby Building Arts.

Lowell Daniels,, Grand Center Arts District, 314-289-1500,


July 21 to 23

Pallottine Renewal Center
Pallottine Renewal Center in Florissant is hosting a Staycation Weekend from Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23 that offers participants the opportunity to explore the rich history, regional culture, great dining and unique entertainment experiences that north St. Louis County has to offer. “Staycationers” will relax and retreat with overnight hospitality at Pallottine, with time to enjoy the 83-acre countryside campus. Venturing out on a chartered tour bus, participants will sample a “Taste of North County” visiting area eateries such as Ferguson Brewery, Cannoli’s Restaurant and Hendel’s Restaurant. A tour of historical and natural landmarks includes stops at Ft. Bellefontaine, the Taille De Noyer House and St. Ferdinand Shrine. On Saturday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m., Pallottine will host a concert by the MO Bottom Project, followed by a reception. Cost for the Staycation weekend is $235 per person, all inclusive. Admission to the MO Bottom Project concert on July 22 is free; $10 free will offering is suggested. For a complete schedule of events and to register, visit or call 314-837-7100. 

Jenny Beatrice,, Pallottine Renewal Center, 314-837-7100,



July 22 – 8:30 p.m.

Riverchase of Fenton
Experience Christmas in July at the RiverChase outdoor pool, sponsored by Ideal Pediatrics. On Saturday July 22 guests will get to enjoy Sammy J. Balloon Creations, a movie, and possibly a visit from Santa. How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be showing on the big screen starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. Please enter through the pool gate. Free for Members / $5 for non-members.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



August 12 – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and August 12 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

District 9 Machinist Hall
Let's Go To The Hop! Ladies. Pull out those poodle skirts! Gentlemen. Grab those leather jackets! Join Team Show Off for the kick-off event of the Show Off Auto Show weekend in St. Louis, MO. It's the Show Off Sock Hop. We're doing the Mashed Potato, the Hully Gully and the Twist. So, come on baby, grab your tickets. Your $20 ticket includes admission to the sock hop, music, dancing, an all you can eat burger bar, an all you can eat dessert bar and a fun walk down memory lane. This all takes place on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Advanced ticket purchase is required due to limited space. Tickets will not be available at the door. Get your tickets today by visiting our website at The day after the sock hop we'll see you for the 7th Annual Show Off Auto Show & Pin Up Model Contest with classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, pin ups, school supply giveaway, "LifeSavers" blood drive, indoor and outdoor vendors and so much more. That's Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Spectator admission is free. All of the events take place at District 9 Machinist Hall, 12365 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Louis, MO, 63044.

Tracy Neal,, As You Go Events, 636-492-1750,


September 5 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Riverchase of Fenton
Join us as we have a night of fun with our furry friends at the 5th Annual Doggie Dunk on September 5th. Proof of updated vaccinations, DHLPP and rabies required before entering the pool. Special thanks to Olde Towne Fenton Veterinary, Hospital Bentley Animal Hospital, and Ryan Fico State Farm. This event will be held rain or shine (thundering/lightening cause for cancellation). 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You will not be able to enter until designated time.  $10 per dog and handler, $7 per additional dog, max. 2 dogs per handler, $3 per each additional human.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



May 2017
At age 99, Violet Hensley played the Grand Ole Opry. Celebrate her and other senior icons this May during Older Americans Month. Many people accomplish incredible feats in their eighties, nineties and beyond. Violet Hensley, a world renowned fiddle player and maker from the Ozarks, played the Grand Ole Opry at age 99. Ninety-year-old Dottie Gray of Kirkwood, Missouri, runs a 5K almost every weekend. Beatrice Normadine Scott of Joplin achieved her lifelong goal of a college degree in her late 80s. Those three women and others are breaking the age barrier and changing the meaning of aging. They will be recognized during Older Americans Month, an annual nationwide event that pays homage to older people every May. Go to to read their stories. “Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to,” said Mary Schaefer, executive director of Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA). “MEAAA provides services to older adults year-round, but this month we focus on how older adults live their lives with boldness, confidence and passion, while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.” John F. Kennedy first proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in 1963.This year’s theme is “Age Out Loud.” 

Joan Berkman,, Face Watcher, 314-726-3484



St. Charles Office Opens

May 17 – 10:00 a.m.

Come join us at our new St. Charles office, located at 516-518 North Fifth Street, St. Charles, MO 63301. Phone us at 636-493-6488. The Grand Opening will be held on Wednesday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. and includes refreshments, ribbon cutting, tour, and we will be shooting the new commercial.

Kimberly Jones-Brenson,, Deer Valley Home Health, 314-773-4433,



May 18 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Memory Care Home Solutions
MCHS takes trip down memory lane for “Swing into Spring”.  Memory Care Home Solutions is preparing for its 6th annual “Swing into Spring” event Thursday, May 18th. This year MCHS is excited to see how their venue change is received. The MCHS advancement team has decided to shake things up by hosting this year’s event at the Hall of Fame Club & Museum at Cardinals Nation Restaurant. Even though MCHS is staying faithful to the Cardinals this will be a big scenery change for the non-profit. “After five years the event has grown a great deal. I think this subtle change will continue the growth of this event,” said Erin Kelly MCHS Director of Advancement. The event will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $35 until April 21, and will be $45 after. Tickets for guests under 21 are $25. Tickets can be purchased via phone at 314-645-6247, via web at under the “News and Events” tab, or at the door. All proceeds go to program operations. 

Nick Clark,, Memory Care Home Solutions, 314-645-6247,



Scheduled to open May 2017
Evelyn’s House, providing care in peaceful and comfortable surroundings provides a holistic approach to the emotional, spiritual and physical care of terminally ill patients of all ages.  Offering therapies for complex symptoms or respite in a home-like setting. Located adjacent to Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Evelyn’s House, scheduled to open May 2017, is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to the community. Features include: 16 private suites for adults, teens and children with walkout patio off every suite, family gathering spaces with overnight accommodations, kids and teen activity room and natural, comfortable surroundings with dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms, family kitchen and café, meditation room and garden.  In addition, there is an ability playhouse for special needs children.  Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Leading edge communication and safety are a priority. We offer specialized on-site staff; hospice specialized care team, medical director, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, aides, a social worker, spiritual counselor, music therapist, expressive therapist and many volunteers. 

Cara Lotspeich,, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759,



June 5, 2017
Debra K. Schuster is merging her elder and disability law firm with Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, a multi-specialty practice in Clayton, Missouri to start an elder law practice area, effective June 5, 2017. This will enable her to spend more time focusing on her clients, their families and her collaborative relationships with other senior and disability service providers. Stop by and visit her at 165 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, MO 63105.

Debra Schuster,, Debra K Schuster & Associates, 314-991-2602,



June 8 and June 9
Mueller Prost, one of the region’s leading CPA and business advising firms, will serve as Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference. The Conference, organized by VOYCE, will be held June 8 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel and on June 9 at Friendship Village Sunset Hills. It brings together industry professionals, community members, and national and local experts to discuss dynamic strategies, innovative tools, and available long-term care options. The theme of the 2017 Conference is, “Long-Term Care Is Changing: Are You Ready?” Further details and registration information is available at  VOYCE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a high quality life for people living on the long-term care continuum. 

Joan Berkman,, Face Watchers, 314-726-3484



June 10 – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Boenker Hill Vineyard and Winery
Join Us June 10, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Boenker Hill Vineyard and Winery, 12855 Boenker Lane, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Tickets are $20 general admission and $25 reserved seating.  Luxury packages will also be sold with transportation. There will be live entertainment by some of St Louis finest, a Five star food truck, scrumptious desserts, and lots of fun. Go Purple!!! Alzheimer's Awareness Campaign. Distinguished Entertainment, A Mother's Touch In-Home, The Love Lounge Transportation Company, and Just 1 Taste Food Truck are proud sponsors. For more information, contact Duane at 314-496-6866 or Doriann at 314-422-9343.

Barbara Jackson,, A Mother's Touch In-Home Health Care, LLC, 314-733-5100,



June 21 – 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The St. Louis Bridge Center, a nonprofit organization, will host a full day of bridge activities to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association on June 21, 2017. The goal is to raise more than the $40,000+ raised last year. Open and novice bridge games will be held at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A free bridge lesson will be offered at noon. Events also include a dinner raffle and an extensive silent auction, and are open to all.

Sharon Sweet,, St. Louis Bridge Center, 314-569-1430



Revised Opening Date of July 31

Americare, developers of the new Mattis Pointe Senior Living in South County, has announced revised plans for the campus opening following a fire that destroyed the assisted living building, which was under construction. The company plans to open the second building on the campus, which was untouched by the fire, on time July 31st. The building will temporarily offer both assisted living and memory care services in each of its two separate neighborhoods, until the assisted living building is completed. The second building on campus, originally slated as memory care, will now be operating as both an assisted living and memory care residence. The building’s unique “double” design, has two separate, self-contained 16-unit neighborhoods that share a serving kitchen, and is an ideal design to provide services to both clienteles in their own separate space. Mattis Pointe Senior Living is located at 4962 Mattis Road in St. Louis. When complete the campus will include a 30-unit assisted living community as well as two 16-unit memory care assisted living buildings. For more information call 314-222-1122.

Kelley Upham,, Mattis Pointe, 314-431-2003,



September 7 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Burns Recovered and Neiman Marcus will present, More Than A Fashion Show, benefitting Midwest Children’s Burn Camp (MCBC) from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The fifth annual event raises funds for children surviving serious burn injuries, helping them find hope and build confidence to cope with their bodies. Neiman Marcus will host the elegant evening of cocktails, light bites, fashion, and special presentations from young burn survivors who will share their stories of triumph over burns. “Most of these kids have been through months or years of medical treatment. Many are left with severe scarring,” says Sheri Sherman, event co-chair. In August, the camp will celebrate its 21st year of creating fun and friendships for burn-injured kids. "Burn Camp is a week of conquering fears, learning determination, and building self-esteem, - but mostly it’s just fun” adds Sherman. For information or tickets to attend the event as well as sponsorship information contact Burns Recovered at or 314.997.2757. 

Lynn Huelsmann,, Burns Recovered, 314-997-2757,



September 13 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Aloha Mini-Golf and Shaved Ice
The 2nd Annual Putt-Putt tournament hosted by Debra K. Schuster & Associates will be jointly hosted this year with Care Choice Care Management. This event is free to the public and is to thank our clients, friends and colleagues with an opportunity for fun and networking so join us on Thursday, September 13, with a rain date of Friday, September 14, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Aloha Mini-Golf and Shaved Ice, 13502 Big Bend Rd., St. Louis MO 63122. Net proceeds are being donated to the St. Louis Chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, in honor of the inspiration and creator of this event, Lisa O'Dell. We welcome additional sponsors - anyone interested should contact Debbie Schuster at 314-991-2602 or Maria Miskovic at 636-288-1764. A great time is guaranteed for all.

Debra Schuster,, Debra K. Schuster & Associates, 314-991-2602,



September 16 – 5:45 p.m.

Crestwood Community Center
Burns Recovered presents its 12th annual trivia night, benefitting our largest and most successful program, Midwest Children's Burn Camp (MCBC) on Saturday, September 16 at Crestwood Community Center. Doors open at 5:45 and trivia begins at 7 p.m.  The cost to participate is $25 per person or $200 for a table of 8. For more information or to reserve your table, visit or call 314-997-2757. 

Lynn Huelsmann,, Burns Recovered, 314-997-2757,


Trout Lodge is located only 90 minutes south of St. Louis, YMCA Trout Lodge is a country-style resort and conference center located on 5200 acres with a 360-acre lake. Trout Lodge has many fun & educational adults-only programs for those who like to travel and meet other lifelong learners, with something for every activity level. Whether in a group, as a couple or yourself, you will have an amazing time exploring new adventures and making new friends. April's programs include a trip to Elephant Rocks State park, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, zip line and much more. There will also be plenty of time to kick back and relax along the banks of the lake. Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities. To receive a complete list of 2017 activities, go to, click on "Stay", click on "Adult Programs" and click on the 2017 Adult Program Guide. Or you can simply call 888-FUN-YMCA and ask for a booklet be mailed to you. Happy exploring.

Dillon Charleville,, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622,


MERS Goodwill
Spring is right around the corner, which means it is time to declutter and donate! According to an American Cleaning Institute (ACI) survey, 72% of households spring clean every year. MERS Goodwill is encouraging everyone to follow these four fun, simple tricks to help your spring cleaning get underway: 1. only holding on to items for sentimental reasons? Take a photo then donate it. 2. Turn all hanging clothes backwards. Reverse an item to the correct direction once it is worn. After six months, donate any clothing still backwards; if you haven’t worn it by then, you probably never will. 3. Create a one-month calendar with different areas of your house that need to be decluttered. One day at a time, you will collect items that you no longer need. 4. Host a spring cleaning party! Invite friends over to swap unwanted items and donate any extras to MERS Goodwill. Someone in your community will benefit and bring new life to your donation, and MERS Goodwill is always looking for stuff.

Nikki Abernathy,, Black Twig Communications, 314-536-8905



Mobility for U
Mobility for U is retiring one of our "lovingly used" wheelchair accessible vans. This 2015 Toyota Sienna LE is equipped with a Braun Ability Ramp XT System and has only 20,xxx miles. All advertising logos will be removed from the vehicle prior to transfer. Please call Mike Flotken, at 314- 873-6814 to arrange a showing and test drive.

Mike Flotken,, Mobility for U, 314-873-6814,



Welcome Neighbor Yard Signs
Since 2002, Bilingual International Assistant Services has provided services for older immigrants, refugees and under-served native born citizens. Relying primarily on grants and donations for sustainability, the agency is selling "Welcome Neighbor" yard signs for $10 as a fundraiser. Signs may be obtained at our office, 1329 Macklind Ave, or delivered to mid-St. Louis County locations. For information, please contact Gail Thomas, 314-645-7600 ext. 100. To view the sign, click on: 

Ellen Sherman,, Bilingual International Assistant Services, 314-645-7800,



The Sheridan at Creve Coeur Memory Care
Sue Klipsch-Kelley has been named director of sales and marketing of The Sheridan at Creve Coeur, a newly opened 53-unit memory care community at 450 N. Lindbergh in Creve Coeur, Mo. Klipsch-Kelley has more than 30 years of experience in professional service to seniors. The Sheridan at Creve Coeur is one of three senior living communities being built in metro St. Louis by Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing based in Chicago, Ill. The other Sheridan communities are in Chesterfield and Sunset Hills.

Teresa Schroeder, , 314-721-2828


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Mondays in May
Heartland Hospice in Wentzville will be hosting a four week writing group for those who have experienced a loss. We will meet on Mondays from May 1 to 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 .a.m. at 1097 Wentzville Parkway. This group is free and open to the public. Please contact Sarah Layton at 636-327-4018 or to register or if you have any questions. 

Sarah Layton,, Heartland Hospice, 636-327-4018



May 30 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Senior Home Care
Free Family Caregiver Training on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This opportunity provides tools to use when caring for a parent or loved one. Topics include: monitoring and handling medications, incontinence care, home safety, proper body mechanics to protect yourself from injury, Alzheimer's/dementia awareness and handling caregiver stress. The class is taught by a Seniors Home Care registered nurse. Seating is limited, so call 314-962-2666 today to reserve a spot.

Ted Ryan,, Seniors Home Care, 314-962-2666,



June 3

Forest Park Visitors Center
Do you know a teenager who is grieving the loss of a loved one or a close friend? If so, they could benefit from Labyrinth, a one day grief retreat for teens, 13-19 years old. Labyrinth helps teens form connections with one another and learn ways to heal. The retreat is June 3 at Forest Park Visitor's Center. For more information email or call 314-953-1676.

Cara Lotspeich,, BJC Hospice, 314-872-5050,



Third Wednesday of the Month

Bethesda Health Group

Join us to discuss the challenges that come with caregiving and find solutions in a supportive group setting. The third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Bethesda Health Group, Inc., 1630 Des Peres Road Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63131.  This is open to all caregivers. Caregiving can be immediate physical care or long-distance care provided to family, friend, or loved one. All caregivers have concerns and insights to share; we welcome all types.  The group is presented as a free service of Bethesda Hospice Care. For more information or questions, please feel free to contact the Bethesda Bereavement Team at 314-373-7025. Leslie Schaffer, LMSW, Kelly Haner, LMSW, Bereavement Coordinator Bereavement Assistant or  

Kelly  Haner,, Bethesda Hospice Care, 314-373-7025,


Fourth Wednesday of the Month

Alzheimer’s Association Office
The Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter is now offering a Fronto-Temporal Dementia Support Group on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. beginning March 2017. The support group will meet at the Alzheimer’s Association office located at 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132. This is a free group for caregivers of someone who has Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Pick’s Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, or Corticobasal Syndrome. A caregiver support group is a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips, and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. Before attending, please call the facilitator to confirm the group is meeting at its usual date and time, and to check for specific directions to the meeting location. Group Facilitators: Ashley Blattel, 636-262-0163.

Lindy Noel,, Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, 800-272-3900,



Morrissey Hall at Saint Louis University
Are you a caregiver of a loved one with dementia and looking for a group or activity for them to engage in? The Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University is now running social groups for those with mild to moderate dementia. The purpose of the group is to help improve cognition and memory in those with dementia, while helping them engage with others in a group format. The first group will look to start in mid-May. Groups are usually 75 minutes long and are twice per week over seven weeks. They take place in Morrissey Hall at the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy. For further details or to sign up, please contact Max Zubatsky at 314-977-2496 or email at

Max Zubatsky,, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496,


First Saturday of the Month at 10:30 a.m. and 3rd Monday of the month at 3:00 p.m.
Miracles in Progress Stroke Support Group meets the 1st Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. and the 3rd Monday every month at 3 p.m. Join us at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, 14561 North Outer 40, Chesterfield, Missouri. We also meet at Mercy Hospital Washington please call 636/394-0968 for days and times.

Cam Compton,, Miracles In Progress Stroke Support, 636-394-0968

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May 29 – 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association (SVA) invites merchandise and food vendors to participate in the 45th annual Gypsy Caravan on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. For Merchandise Vendors, important entry dates: On-Time Entry: April 14, 2017; Late Entry: May 21, 2017; Last-Minute Entry: May 28, 2017. • Indoor Space: Arena Floor (12’Wx10’D)- On-Time: $220; Late: $270; Last-Minute: $320 • Indoor Space: Concourse (12’Wx10’D)- On-Time: $180; Late: $230; Last-Minute: $280; • Outdoor Space (10’Wx18’D)- On-Time: $110 ; Late: $160; Last-Minute: $210 For Food Vendors, important entry dates: On-Time: April 1, 2017; Late: May 13, 2017; Last-Minute: May 29, 2017. • Outdoor Space (16’W x 18’D)- On-Time: $500; Late: $600; Last-Minute: $700 • Additional Space (8’W x 18’D)- On-Time: $250; Late: $300; Last-Minute: $350 Vendors can visit the Gypsy Caravan website for either Contract Form. For more information, call 314-286-4452.

Nikki Abernathy,, Black Twig Communications, 314-536-8905,



Heartland Hospice
Are you looking for ways to make a difference in people's lives? Consider becoming a hospice volunteer and bringing bring joy, happiness, caring, and compassion to patients and families. Volunteers build relationships as they talk, play games, read, or do other activities. We also have opportunities to help in the office with administrative or creative projects. Students can earn community service hours. Veterans can connect with other veterans. 

Pat Miklosey,, Heartland Hospice, 618- 206-5748,
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